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12 Athletes Nominated for Canada Basketball U16 Women's National Team

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Jun 5, 2019

TORONTO, ONT. (June 5, 2019) – Canada Basketball is pleased to announce the 12 athletes nominated to represent Canada at the upcoming FIBA U16 Women’s Americas Championship 2019 from June 16-22 in Aysen, Chile.

“We are excited to travel to Chile and the FIBA U16 Women’s Americas Championship with this group of athletes,” said Head Coach Cheryl Jean-Paul. “They have demonstrated a willingness to pursue excellence and have shown tremendous improvement every time we get the opportunity to train with them.”

“From December to March camp, we saw their commitment levels increase and as we head into this final camp before competition, we recognize their intentionality in bringing the characteristics that we hope embodies our team this summer - resilience, defensive disruption and team-oriented play,” said Jean-Paul. “Being able to introduce them to their first international experience is an honour for us as a coaching staff and hopefully only the beginning of their time representing Canada.”

Joining Jean-Paul will be assistants Nate McKibbon (Mount Royal University) and Tamara Tatham (University of Toronto), while Fabienne Blizzard (Capital Courts) will serve as an apprentice coach.

The FIBA U16 Women’s Americas Championship 2019 will qualify the top-four teams to the FIBA U17 Women’s Basketball World Cup 2020.

Canada is in Group A along with Brazil, Ecuador and Puerto Rico.

“The Canadian women have been very competitive at this tournament and we expect this group to continue that history,” Jean-Paul said.

Canada earned a silver medal at the FIBA U16 Women's Americas Championship 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  This will be Canada’s sixth appearance since FIBA U16 Women's Americas Championship began in 2009, with the country medalling in each of their previous five tournaments.

A full list of athletes, coaches and team schedule can be found below.  Training camp will take place at Humber College - North Campus from June 6-11 and is closed to the public. Media are invited to post-practice scrums on the following dates:

Friday, June 7

5:45 p.m. Gym Opens
6:00 p.m. Availability

Tuesday, June 11

3:30 p.m. Gym Opens
3:45 p.m. Availability

*All times are EDT and subject to change

Media interested in attending training camp are asked to RSVP to mwalker@basketball.ca.

Canada is currently ranked 4th worldwide in the FIBA World Ranking Presented by NIKE.

2019 U16 WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER

<table border="0" cellspacing="0" width="622"><tbody><tr><td><p align="center"><strong>#</strong></p></td><td><p align="center"><strong>Name</strong></p></td><td><p align="center"><strong>Height</strong></p></td><td><p align="center"><strong>Hometown</strong></p></td><td><p align="center"><strong>Current School Team&nbsp;</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p align="center">12</p></td><td><p align="center">Isaline Alexander</p></td><td><p align="center">6’2”</p></td><td><p align="center">Keswick, ON</p></td><td><p align="center">Bill Crothers S.S.</p></td></tr><tr><td><p align="center">4</p></td><td><p align="center">Louella Allana</p></td><td><p align="center">5’2”</p></td><td><p align="center">Laval, QC</p></td><td><p align="center">É.S. St-Laurent</p></td></tr><tr><td><p align="center">11</p></td><td><p align="center">Lauren Audino</p></td><td><p align="center">6’1”</p></td><td><p align="center">Welland, ON</p></td><td><p align="center">Caledon Basketball Academy</p></td></tr><tr><td><p align="center">14</p></td><td><p align="center">Fatima Diakhate</p></td><td><p align="center">6’5”</p></td><td><p align="center">Coral Springs, FL</p></td><td><p align="center">Garden of the Sahaba Academy / Deerfield Beach H.S.</p></td></tr><tr><td><p align="center">10</p></td><td><p align="center">Isabelle Forsyth</p></td><td><p align="center">5’11”</p></td><td><p align="center">Langley,&nbsp;BC</p></td><td><p align="center">Semiahmoo S.S.</p></td></tr><tr><td><p align="center">5</p></td><td><p align="center">Deja Lee</p></td><td><p align="center">5’8”</p></td><td><p align="center">Surrey,&nbsp;BC</p></td><td><p align="center">Semiahmoo S.S.</p></td></tr><tr><td><p align="center">6</p></td><td><p align="center">Rosalie Mercille</p></td><td><p align="center">5’7”</p></td><td><p align="center">St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu,&nbsp;QC</p></td><td><p align="center">É.S Joséphine Dandurand</p></td></tr><tr><td><p align="center">7</p></td><td><p align="center">Hannah Riddick</p></td><td><p align="center">5’9”</p></td><td><p align="center">Calgary, AB</p></td><td><p align="center">Bowness H.S.</p></td></tr><tr><td><p align="center">15</p></td><td><p align="center">Teah Stupar</p></td><td><p align="center">6’0”</p></td><td><p align="center">Etobicoke, ON</p></td><td><p align="center">Kings Christian Collegiate</p></td></tr><tr><td><p align="center">8</p></td><td><p align="center">Avianna Thompson</p></td><td><p align="center">5’10”</p></td><td><p align="center">Montreal, QC</p></td><td><p align="center">É.S. St-Luc</p></td></tr><tr><td><p align="center">9</p></td><td><p align="center">Tara Wallack</p></td><td><p align="center">5’11</p></td><td><p align="center">Surrey,&nbsp;BC</p></td><td><p align="center">Semiahmoo S.S.</p></td></tr><tr><td><p align="center">13</p></td><td><p align="center">Izabella Zingaro</p></td><td><p align="center">6’2”</p></td><td><p align="center">Bolton, ON</p></td><td><p align="center">Caledon Basketball Academy</p></td></tr></tbody></table>

2019 U16 WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM COACHES & STAFF

<table border="0" cellspacing="0" width="770"><tbody><tr><td nowrap="nowrap"><p><strong>NAME</strong></p></td><td nowrap="nowrap"><p><strong>POSITION</strong></p></td><td nowrap="nowrap"><p><strong>HOMETOWN</strong></p></td><td nowrap="nowrap"><p><strong>AFFILIATION</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td nowrap="nowrap"><p>Cheryl Jean-Paul</p></td><td nowrap="nowrap"><p>Head Coach</p></td><td nowrap="nowrap"><p>Winnipeg, MB</p></td><td nowrap="nowrap"><p>Trinity Western University</p></td></tr><tr><td nowrap="nowrap"><p>Tamara Tatham</p></td><td nowrap="nowrap"><p>Assistant Coach</p></td><td nowrap="nowrap"><p>Brampton, ON</p></td><td nowrap="nowrap"><p>University of Toronto</p></td></tr><tr><td nowrap="nowrap"><p>Nate McKibbon</p></td><td nowrap="nowrap"><p>Assistant Coach</p></td><td nowrap="nowrap"><p>Dundas, ON</p></td><td nowrap="nowrap"><p>Mount Royal University</p></td></tr><tr><td nowrap="nowrap"><p>Michelle Bell</p></td><td nowrap="nowrap"><p>Athletic Therapist</p></td><td nowrap="nowrap"><p>Brampton, ON</p></td><td nowrap="nowrap"><p>Ryerson University</p></td></tr><tr><td nowrap="nowrap"><p>Fabienne Blizzard</p></td><td nowrap="nowrap"><p>Apprentice Coach/Team Manager</p></td><td nowrap="nowrap"><p>Ottawa, ON</p></td><td nowrap="nowrap"><p>Capital Courts</p></td></tr><tr><td nowrap="nowrap"><p>Donna Rowlands</p></td><td nowrap="nowrap"><p>Physician</p></td><td nowrap="nowrap"><p>Brantford, ON</p></td><td nowrap="nowrap"><p>N/A</p></td></tr><tr><td nowrap="nowrap"><p>Agnes Borg</p></td><td nowrap="nowrap"><p>Team Leader/Mentor Coach</p></td><td nowrap="nowrap"><p>Toronto, ON</p></td><td nowrap="nowrap"><p>Canada Basketball / Ontario Basketball</p></td></tr></tbody></table>

2019 U16 WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM SCHEDULE

<table border="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><p align="center"><strong>DATE</strong></p></td><td><p align="center"><strong>ITEM</strong></p></td><td><p align="center"><strong>TIME (ET)</strong></p></td><td><p align="center"><strong>LOCATION</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>June 6 -11</p></td><td><p>Training Camp</p></td><td><p align="center">&nbsp;</p></td><td><p align="center">Humber College (North Campus) - Toronto</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>June 16</p></td><td><p>Canada vs. Ecaudor</p></td><td><p align="center">1:15 PM</p></td><td rowspan="6"><p align="center"><strong>FIBA U16 Women’s Americas Championship 2019</strong></p><p align="center">Aysen, Chile</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>June 17</p></td><td><p>Canada vs.&nbsp;Brazil</p></td><td><p>6:00 PM</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>June&nbsp;18</p></td><td><p>Canada vs.&nbsp;Puerto Rico</p></td><td><p>6:00 PM</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>June&nbsp;20</p></td><td><p>Quarter-finals</p></td><td><p>&nbsp;</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>June 21</p></td><td><p>Semifinals</p></td><td><p>&nbsp;</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>June 22</p></td><td><p>Finals</p></td><td><p>&nbsp;</p></td></tr></tbody></table>